I've been a long time llama lover, at least since The Emperors New Groove was released, so when my niece became a llama lover too, I was over the moon, though I was a little bummed that my favorite animal was becoming so popular all around, it was a catch 22, I hate feeling like I'm just following a trend, llamas were mine first! LOL But at the same time all the llama/alpaca merch that has been released has been AMAZING! Stickers to statues, it's all there! When it came time for my nieces birthday she only had one request, to visit an alpaca farm, and for those that didn't know Llamas and Alpacas are 2 different animals- while cousins they have different and distinct features.
⦁ Ears- llamas have long ears while alpacas have shorter more pointed ears
⦁ Body- llamas can weigh up to 400lbs, while alpacas are much smaller at about 150lbs
⦁ Fur- llama fleece tends to be course while alpaca fur is soft and luscious
⦁ Temperament- llamas are more herd guards and are much braver then their timid alpaca cousins who need the protection of the herd.
When we arrived at Alpaca Magic U.S.A we entered onto a nice piece of property with the main housing up front, and the farm/store areas towards the back. Alpacas grazed and looked up to say hello to their human visitors, and there was even a chicken wandering just doing his thing. The area around the store and animal pens had a secret garden feel to me, where you never knew what treasures you would see laying around re purposed into whimsical garden decor. Entering into the shop, felt much like walking into grandmas house (I seriously wanted to stop and have a glass of sweet tea on the porch) filled with all kinds of items made with alpaca fleece there was something for everyone at this wonderful store. Every shelf, table, and hanging space was filled with soft inviting items from hair ties, to socks, belts, finished alpaca fiber yarn, and even alpaca purses (yes, a purse made from alpaca fleece, made to look like an alpaca)
Upon leaving the store you could walk across to one of the main pens that held the female alpacas and sit at their dinner table. While they don't really like being touched (mainly because they have no forms of self defense) they were very much trusting at happy to share the table. After patiently waiting and slowly approaching my niece finally got her chance, one of the Alpacas had decided to lay down and rest, and my niece took her chance to kneel down, and make her dreams come true, she was petting a real live alpaca!!
We spent about 2 hrs at the farm all together, and it made for some great memories, so if you are even in Homosassa,FL be sure to visit
Alpaca Magic U.S.A.
4920 W Grover Cleveland Blvd
Homosassa, FL 34446
FALL IS HERE! FALL IS HERE!! Fall is oficially here, and with that brings in all kinds of amazing flavors and scents. Yes of course there is pumpkin spice, be all too often we forget about the warmth that other flavors like cinnamon, maple, nutmeg and cardamom bring us.
Since fall has come, but the fall weather here in Florida has not, I found myself craving the flavor of fall, without having to have the hot breakfast that most people look for this time of year, and while browsing the yogurt section of my local grocery I found it! Chobani has out a maple blended Greek yogurt that was just calling me. (And I'll be honest, I'm not crazy about Greek yogurt, it's always too "sour" tasting when eaten alone so I usually always combine it with something or use it in a smoothie.)
1 C Quick Cook Oats
1 C Maple Blended Greek Yogurt
1 Diced Pear
1 tsp brown sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2- 1 C Unsweet Almond Milk (or your favorite milk or milk alternative)
Toss pear, brown sugar, & cinnamon in a hot pan until softened.
Combine all ingredients together and shake jar. Place in fridge over night & enjoy the next morning (or the morning after that, I've often made 3-4 jars in advance with no problems or changes to the flavor)
If you prefer hot oats, simply pour into a microwave safe container and heat as you would other hot oat cereals.
Having been a long time fan of Redman I thought I knew what to expect from Glory Song, and I am happy to say it did not dissapoint! Filled Praise and Worship music that is sure to echo song by song through modern Christian worship services, and radio stations alike, the music is catchy and filled with hope- which is exactly what the world needs today.
Matthew's past as a church planter, ministry leader and worship leader is evident through every album he releases and Glory Song is no different, Songs like Gracefully Broken which states "Here I am, God. Arms wide open, Pouring ouf my life Gracefully broke" are clear communications to God the father that we all have on our heart, and through this album Redman makes worship anywhere easy and possible.
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It's been about 3 weeks since hurricane Irma came through and kicked us out of our homes, forcing us to make decisions no one should ever HAVE to make. With the severity of the storm that was to over take us, many of use were left wondering if we would even have houses to come home to- we wondered if our home would be there when the sun rose on Monday morning.
Late that Friday night I started packing, things like medications, water & emergency food supplies, flashlights & batteries were a given. By early Saturday morning I stood looking around my house, trying to think about what I really needed and what I could do without for a few days, but it went beyond that. It wasn't as if I was going on vacation, I had to make decisions within a matter of hours of what things would I be hurt to lose, what of all my belongings would devastate me to no longer have.
My husband of course gathered his game systems, for me it was some momentos of lost loved ones- and treasured items from others still alive- a picture my grandmother colored with me and had signed her name to, a stuffed llama a family friend had given me, a Disney World frame that reminded me of all our family vacations, a blanket that kept my mother warm through her battle with cancer (that she had one) and that had seen me through the good & the bad in my life. But then the time came to have my son pack his posessions. Even at 5 I wanted him to know that there was a chance we wouldn't have a home to come back to and he should gather the toys the meant the most to him.
We left Saturday afternoon, thankfully a friend of the family had offered her home in a much safer and stable location that allowed us to take our pets, But loading up the car and driving away from my home was one of the hardest things I'd ever done, it was such a heart breaking moment, and in that moment my security was shattered, my thoughts were consumed with the idea that I may never return home.
Through Saturday night, and Sunday we did our best to keep busy, as the weather worsened we kept watch on the storm, with baited breath every new update about the storm we wondered what was going on back home. As the storm made it through, and night turned to day, we felt tension lifting, news from family that had stayed behind that our homes stood their ground faithfully allowed us to breath a sigh of relife, coming home, climbing the stairs, and opening the front door was such an amazing feeling. Looking through my house - though without electric- I was able to see that minus a small leak we had made it through unharmed.
We were the lucky ones, we didn't have electric, but my parents (who live right across the street) did, so we stayed there for the next 5 days until the electric came back on. There were others who didn't fare so well, others lost their homes, and others still lost their lives. Even though our homes & lives were spared, it was a traumatic experience for all involved. I've heard from countless people who were overly tired, unable to focus, and some just an overall feeling of sadness.
3 Weeks later and I feel like things are FINALLY getting back to normal, stores are now getting steady streams of eggs, bread and milk again, all our evacuation supplies & momentos have been put back where they belong, I've finally gotten a decent nights sleep, and my house is feeling like home again. For our Florida friends and family, if you find yourself still feeling tired and worn down, allow yourself to rest, and allow yourself time to heal. We will come back from this, we wil be FLORIDA STRONG!
To help those affected by hurricane Irma, please consider donating to your favorite reliefe charity organizaion.
(And lets not forget to continue to pray for an support not only Florida, but also those affected by Harvey & Maria.)
100lbs to Disneyland-
In case you haven't heard, We are ending into week 3 (or is it week 4?) of our 100lbs to Disneyland Journey, Mama Dawn seems to be leading with an 10lb loss so far, I believe mama Carol is down 5lbs or so, and Mama April has seen her plane go back and forth a couple times, by getting off track a few times. But we're all still in the game. Mama April has her menu plan for the week prepared and is ready for the week, and is hoping to get back to the gym.
If you haven't seen our video, you may be wondering what the heck does "100lbs to Disneyland Mean"? - Well for us, it's the 3 of us (Mama Carol, Mama Dawn, & Me - Mama April) on a journey to lose 100lbs, with the end goal & reward being a trip to Disney Land! We have a map to mark our losses where every 5lbs lost we get to move our plane a little closer to the Original Happiest place on earth! If you want to follow along check out our 100lbs to Disneyland Introductions video, and stick with us as we check in, share some slimmed down Disney recipes, and share our love for the mouse!
Meal Prep - 6 Meals for $10.00
This weeks lunch is Teriyaki Chicken with Cauliflower Rice, Stir fry vegetables, and pork pot stickers. And it comes in at right under 200 calories! It's full of veggies!!
With all the unicorn craziness going on, it's hard not to be inspired by these beautiful creatures. Why settle for boring old crispy rice treats when you can make them colored! Beautiful purples & pink make these some magical treats worthy of a princess (or prince)!
Divide ingredients into 3 and Follow steps 1-3 (3) times:
Maybe it was the thought of impending summer, maybe it was watching the Disney World vacation videos and seeing all the pineapple whips, or maybe it was watching Moana for the 15th time, but at some point during the past few days I got a crazy craving for pineapple. Then while browsing the frozen section of the local grocery store, my eyes fell upon the new limited edition Cheesecake Cool Whip and I knew I had to buy in and find a use for it! Not wanting to heat the house I settled upon an idea for a no bake pie.
Want to make it yourself? Here's what you'll need-
1 3.4oz box cheesecake pudding mix
(and 1 1/2 C milk to mix in the pudding.)
1 container cheesecake flavored Cool Whip
1 9oz ready made graham cracker pie crust
1 Can pineapple (blend 1/2c in your food processor)
Be sure to check our youtube channel for this recipe and many more!